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St. Louis travel guide

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You're Going to Love St. Louis

Time spent in St. Louis is always time well spent. The jewel of the Missouri River, St. Louis has historical charm, sporting attractions and a cultural life that blows other city break destinations away.

Take in a rock and roll performance in one of the birthplaces of jazz and blues at atmospheric venues like Blueberry Hill. Ascend to the summit of the iconic Gateway Arch for stunning views of the city and the river. Take a riverboat cruise on a 19th-century steamboat and dine on the finest pork BBQ food around at local institutions like Bogart's.

From tours of the massive Anheuser-Busch Brewery to left-center field tickets at a Cardinals game, St. Louis has pretty much everything a tourist could ask for.

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Most visitors will find the short spring and fall seasons the best times to visit St. Louis. In April and May and September and October, the city enjoys mild weather (around 70 degrees Fahrenheit) and only occasional rain. The extreme heat of summer and the bitter chill of winter won't be a factor, and you can enjoy events like September's Big Muddy Blues Festival or April's Spring Art Fair in Queeny Park.

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Where to Stay in St. Louis

St. Louis has a huge array of hotels to choose from at all price levels. If you are looking for luxury accommodation, look no further than the award-winning Beall Mansion, which features an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet. The Four Seasons Hotel on N Second Street is a convenient and comfortable central option, as is the Ritz-Carlton Hotel which is directly opposite a MetroLink station. Budget options include the Huckleberry Finn Youth Hostel and the Drury Pear Tree Inn, which is very handy for the Amtrak station.

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Shopping Streets

The Delmar Loop is regularly ranked as one of America's top ten shopping streets thanks to its diverse collection of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and other attractions. You can shop for craft items from around the world at stores like Pitaya or Funky Buddha, and head for a drink and a concert at Blueberry Hill when you've finished. Alternatively, check out upscale malls like the Plaza Frontenac, home to major brands like Neiman Marcus and Luis Vuitton.

Groceries and Other

St. Louis is an affordable city by American standards, with low food prices and plenty of supermarkets to buy your groceries. Major supermarkets in town include Schnuck's and Aldi, while big names like Walmart can be found in the suburbs. Expect to pay around $2.50 for 12 eggs and $12 for a good bottle of wine.

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Where to Eat in St. Louis

St. Louis is best known for its grilled meat served smothered in barbecue sauce. If that sounds like your thing, make a booking at Bogart's Smokehouse or Pappy's to see how barbecues should be done. St. Louis is also known for its "slingers" - hash browns topped with fried eggs and a hamburger. If you need a really filling breakfast, head to the White Knight Diner for the best slingers in town. The city also has a big Italian-American population, which means one thing: great pizza. Try Pi Pizzeria, Imo's or Pointers for some of the best pizzas around. Mid-range meals shouldn't cost more than $15-20.

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